Keeping the blues legacy moving forward, 2011 included releases from the 11-piece band fronted by husband-and-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Texas blues-rock courtesy of Chris Duarte, a blast of swamp-blues guitar from Tab Benoit, Southern soul and rhythm & blues by Warren Haynes, and the New Orleans and Texas piano stylings of Marcia Ball. Several tribute discs surfaced in 2011, including an homage to the legendary producer and musician Jim Dickinson by the North Mississippi Allstars; Greg Allman tackled several of his favorite tracks on Low Country Blues; guitarist Rory Block paid respects to Mississippi Fred McDowell; and a full-throttled George Thorogood & the Destroyers saluted Chess Records. This list only scratches the surface of discs encompassing the enthusiasm, spirit, and diversity of the blues in 2011.

Gregg Allman - Low Country Blues
Marcia Ball - Roadside Attractions
Tab Benoit - Medicine
Rory Block - Shake 'Em on Down: A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell
Joe Bonamassa - Dust Bowl
The Chris Duarte Group - Blues in the Afterburner
Billy C. Farlow - You Better Run
T-Model Ford and GravelRoad - Taledragger
Damon Fowler - Devil Got His Way
Warren Haynes - Man in Motion
Left Lane Cruiser - Junkyard Speed Ball
Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton - Play the Blues: Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center
Tracy Nelson - Victim of the Blues
North Mississippi Allstars - Keys to the Kingdom
Roomful of Blues - Hook, Line & Sinker
Demetria Taylor - Bad Girl
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator
George Thorogood & the Destroyers - 2120 South Michigan Ave.
Chick Willis - Let the Blues Speak for Itself
Carolyn Wonderland - Peace Meal